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The (not so) secret diaries of a Trainee Solicitor
The (not so) secret diaries of a Trainee Solicitor

Back to school…literallyI was lucky enough to be invited back to my old school this week, to speak with pupils at their careers evening and I wanted to elaborate on my 5 top tips for aspiring...

The (not so) secret diaries of a Trainee Solicitor
The (not so) secret diaries of a Trainee Solicitor

Awards evening Pardoes run awards evenings in which different categories of employee are recognised such as employee of the year and innovator of the year. I am very lucky to work at a firm that...

 The Lion, the witch and the Legal Assistant – Part 3
The Lion, the witch and the Legal Assistant – Part 3

FYI I totally feel that the Lion or the “witch” should have drafted this week’s instalment. Not only to get their own back but to be brutally honest about what it is like to work...

Boundary disputes – an alternative way?
Boundary disputes – an alternative way?

Unfortunately, boundary disputes, particularly in a residential context, tend to be acrimonious and although the increased use in mediation has improved the situation so that technically there are no...

What rights do I have to a share of a house?
What rights do I have to a share of a house?

People who live together, be it friends, unmarried partners or as more and more often the case, adult children, and parents, often believe that as a result of the cohabitation they have some...

The Lion, the witch and the Legal Assistant – Part 2
The Lion, the witch and the Legal Assistant – Part 2

Firstly, we have a redaction from last week’s blog. My boss told me, very politely, that she had said she was “pedantic” not difficult… Now onto the Lion. The Lion is a...

The Lion, the witch and the Legal Assistant – Part 1
The Lion, the witch and the Legal Assistant – Part 1

The childhood maxim of “do not judge a book by its cover” rings true far into adulthood. When I first took the role at Pardoes I was warned by my new boss that she can be difficult but...

I give you my word (verbal boundary agreements)
I give you my word (verbal boundary agreements)

It has long been understood that binding contracts in relation to land have to be in writing (section 2(1) of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989). However, it is important to...

The (Not So) Secret Diaries of a Trainee Solicitor
The (Not So) Secret Diaries of a Trainee Solicitor

The Will signingOne fateful day in the Summer of 2016 I was asked to help a partner out with a Will signing. Wills have to be witnessed by 2 people and as the office was quiet, I was asked to go...

The (Not So) Secret Diaries of a Trainee Solicitor
The (Not So) Secret Diaries of a Trainee Solicitor

I had thought I had left my days of school reports behind me. Unfortunately, I had not. Grown ups call them “appraisals” instead of school reports but they are basically the same. The...